Friday, June 24, 2016

Lufthansa flight bound to Malta IAP diverts to Tunis

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200 (D-AISJ), operating scheduled flight LH-1310 from Frankfurt (Germany) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Tunis-Carthage (Tunisia) this afternoon due to bad weather over Malta IAP. The flight then continued to Malta IAP, reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 50-mins. (24-Jun-2016)

Air Malta flight bound to Malta IAP diverts to Catania

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEP), operating scheduled flight KM-117 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) this afternoon due to bad weather over Malta IAP. The flight then continued to Malta IAP, reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 40-mins. (24-Jun-2016)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE Roisin recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Roisin (P 51) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE Roisin is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (23-Jun-2016)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Armed Forces of Malta to receive a new offshore patrol vessel

The Parliamentary Secretary for E.U. Presidency 2017 and E.U. Funds, I. Borg, announced today that the Armed Forces of Malta and the Malta Police Force will be benefiting from almost €45 million of which €33 million are financed from EU funding.

The responsible authority has approved three projects for the Armed Forces of Malta valued over €43 million – under the Internal Security Funds (ISF) program 2014-2020 – aimed at strengthening police in fighting criminality and managing risk.

Two of these projects include the procurement of a new offshore patrol vessel (worth almost €34 million) and the improvement of the reaction capability of the current OPV P61 (worth almost €7.5 million).

Another project will see the supply of an EOD/IEDD low emission response vehicle complete with robot and ancillary equipment – under the Internal Security Funds (Police Cooperation) 2014-2020 and worth almost €1.8 million. (Source: Government of Malta/DOI, 22-Jun-2016)

SR Technics, easyJet sign contract to extend agreement for five years

A contract has been signed between SR Technics and easyJet airline to extend a maintenance agreement for another five years, creating 35 new jobs in the process. 

The two entities originally entered into an agreement in 2010, where SR Technics was tasked with carrying out maintenance works on easyJet’s aircraft fleet. Currently, SR Technics employs roughly 180 people. Head of Engineering and Maintenance for easyJet I. Davis said that there would be four aircraft in Malta undergoing maintenance work at any given time.

Currently, easyJet’s fleet consists of 253 aircraft, has 23 different bases and carries some 70 million passengers each year. The representative said that with growth comes the need for increased maintenance requirements, and that one maintenance entity was not enough to carry out all the required works. It was therefore announced that another contract will be signed between easyJet and Lufthansa Technics, based in Malta. (Source: independent.com.mt, 22-Jun-2016)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Italian-registered light aircraft ditches off Xlendi, Gozo

Two men were rescued this evening when a light aircraft ditched in the sea off Xlendi, Gozo, after apparently suffering engine failure.The incident happened at about 1830lt The two, a 55-year-old pilot and a 61-year-old passenger, both Italian, were picked up by a private boat which happened to be close by. 

An AFM helicopter was quickly on the scene. A patrol boat was also deployed.
The plane, equipped with floats, is understood to have taken off from Sicily. It overturned on ditching. The police are investigating whether local air traffic control was informed of the plane's presence. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Jun-2016)

Ethiopian Airlines to start using Malta IAP for refueling on its Addis Ababa to Madrid route

Ethiopian Airlines starting Jun 30th, 2016, is adjusting intermediate re-fuel stop for its 4 weekly Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - Madrid-Barajad (Spain) route, served by Boeing B737-800 aircraft. From this date, the airline will be operating via Malta, replacing Cairo on westbound flight. Ethiopian Airlines does not have local traffic rights for Malta, despite the change. Ethiopian Airlines will continue to operate nonstop sector from Madrid. (Source: routesonline.com, 21-Jun-2016)

Monday, June 20, 2016

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-SSG - Dassault Falcon 10 (c/n. 209), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex EC-KPP)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 16-Jun-2016)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Italian Coast Guard Giulio Inganni calls at Marsamxett Harbour

The Italian Coast Guard patrol vessel Giulio Ingianni (CP 409) has sailed in Marsamxett Harbour this morning. The Italian coast guard patrol vessel will be forward deployed at the Armed Forces of Malta's Maritime base at Hay wharf, Floriana, for 13-days on fishery patrol duties in the Mediterranean. (19-Jun-2016)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CSA Czech Airlines launches new route between Prague and Malta IAP

CSA Czech Airlines launched today its new route between Prague (Czech Republic) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A319-100 (OK-REQ), landed at Malta IAP (OK-434) at 1518lt. The return flight to Prague (OK-435) departed from Malta IAP at 1608lt. CSA Czech Airlines will be operating this route twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. (18-Jun-2016)

Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Van Amstel calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doormen-class frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F 831) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Dutch frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 Wharf and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (18-Jun-2016)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Iberia Express launches new route between Madrid and Malta IAP

Iberia Express launched today its new route between Madrid-Barajas (Spain) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (EC-LUS), landed at Malta IAP (I2 3646) at 2020lt. The return flight to Madrid (I2-3647) departed from Malta IAP at 2120lt. Iberia Express will be operating this route three times weekly. (16-Jun-2016)

French Navy FS Malabar recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy seagoing tug FS Malabar (A 664) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French tug is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (16-Jun-2016)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-FCA - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9665), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex C-FDVO)
  • 9H-HUE - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Air Horizont Ltd. (ex 9H-VLA)
  • 9H-VJV - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9725), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FYJB)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-VLA - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Aerotron Ireland Ltd., Ireland (rrg 9H-HUE)
(Source: Transport Malta, 9-Jun-2016)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Russian Navy RFS Yaroslav Mudry calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 11540 (Neustrashimyy-class) frigate RFS Yaroslav Mudry (777) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

RFS Yaroslav Mudry has a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter on board, serial 42 'Yellow' (RF-34177).

The Russian frigate is currently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (11-Jun-2016)

French Navy FS Malabar recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy seagoing tug FS Malabar (A 664) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) yesterday evening on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French tug is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (11-Jun-2016)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE Roisin calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Roisin (P 51) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE Roisin is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (10-Jun-2016)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Russian Navy RFS Alexandr Otrakovskiy calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project-775 (Ropucha-class) large landing ship RFS Alexandr Otrakovskiy (031) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Russian landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (7-Jun-2016)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

German Navy FGS Karlsruhe recalls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Bremen-class frigate FGS Karlsruhe (F 212) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The German frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

FGS Karlsruhe is presently berthing alongside at Parlatorio wharf (in French creek), and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (4-Jun-2016)

French Navy FS Malabar recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy seagoing tug FS Malabar (A 664) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) yesterday evening on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French tug is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (4-Jun-2016)

Friday, June 3, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for May 2016

Malta International Airport welcomed 476,575 passengers in May, translating into a growth of 7.8% over the same month last year. May’s record brings the airport to its 50th consecutive month-on-month growth. 

May's positive numbers were partly spurred by an increase in seat capacity of 4.9% resulting from the launch of new routes and an increase in frequencies to some popular destinations. Most notably, average seat load factors, which measure the number of filled seats on every flight, continued to climb to 81.4%, meaning airlines are operating more efficiently on their trips to Malta.

The top five traffic drivers for May remained largely unchanged, with the United Kingdom holding on to its top spot, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Poland. 

The key drivers of May’s growth were increased connectivity to several destinations in the U.K. including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Stansted, and Manchester resulting in +5.3% year on year, while traffic to Italy grew significantly by 14.3%, mostly attributed to increased capacity on the Rome and Catania routes. In 3rd and 4th position, Germany and France grew by 0.6% and 1.8% respectively, while Poland also registered a 50.2% growth over May 2015, in part due to the launch of the Poznan route and an increased flight frequency to Gdansk.

An additional 164,491 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport when compared to January to May 2015, with 2016 figures almost at the 1.7 million mark so far. (Source: maltairport.com, Jun-2016)